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Incentives look to boost COVID vaccination rates

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz calls it the "Shot and Chaser" program. In conjunction with some local breweries, clinics will be set up where patrons who receive COVID vaccinations will earn a free beer. Dr. Nancy Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy at UB's Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, endorses the spirit behind the effort.

"Anything that works to get people vaccinated is great as far as I'm concerned," Nielsen said during her weekly appearance on WBFO.

Hard to find only a few weeks ago, vaccine appointments are now readily available. Some clinics are welcoming walk-ins as demand begins to fade. Incentives, Nielsen argues, have worked successfully elsewhere.

"Israel did this. They got to 90 percent vaccination. They're not wearing masks anymore."


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